Operation Spicer investigation has subjected prohibited donations, finance non-disclosures and channelling in the NSW Liberal Party’s 2011 condition election marketing campaign. The Commission’s report, Investigation into NSW Liberal Party electoral funding for the 2011 state election campaign and other matters, was made public today. Messrs Grugeon, Hartcher, Koelma, McCloy, Owen, Thomson and Williams were also found to have acted with the intention of evading the election funding laws relating to caps on political donations.
The ICAC discovered that during November and December 2010 the Free Business Foundation was used to channel donations to the NSW Liberal Party because of its 2011 condition election campaign so the identity of the real donors was disguised. 693,000 provided by the foundation and used by the NSW Liberal Party in the marketing campaign comes from donors who had been property designers and, therefore, prohibited donors under the election funding laws. Undisclosed politics donations were also channelled through a business, Eightbyfive, to benefit Liberal Party 2011 state election promotions on the Central Coast.
These donations included donations from property designers and donations more than the appropriate caps on donations. The ICAC also discovered that there were payments created by property designers, who have been prohibited donors, to help account NSW Liberal Party candidates’ promotions in the Hunter. The real nature of these obligations was disguised, for example, as consultancy services or funnelled through another ongoing company with the purpose of evading the election financing laws and regulations.
The above are findings of reality, not findings …